Friday, February 18, 2011

Two for One Day ~ Craft day and a Recipe from the Kitchen

I missed writing yesterdays post so today you get two for one!

Thursday's Get Crafty Day:

I have been working over the past few weeks on and off to make some baby welcome gifts for our niece and nephew who were, until last thursday, still little buns in the oven. They have since been born on my husbands birthday no less and we are thrilled!! Of course that means that I really need to get finished making their gifts. Today I wanted to share with you the collection in progress for these gifts and hope, hope, hope that by next Thursday I am done and can share the finished product with you.

I will, when complete, have for each twin, 3 swaddling blankets, 6 burp cloths and 1 snuggle crib blanket. Yes that does come out to 20 items, but as it is for family and a sewing project, it is not what I consider a chore. Besides, it is a break from all the hard work, and pure fun for me!

The color pallet for each is based in browns and greens with some modest (read; not very baby) pink added for the little girl. The patterns of the fabric for hers are leaves and circles, for him they remind me of a somewhat Mayan or Aztec print. I decided on these as there was no actual theme chosen for the nursery just mahogany wood and a green mobile above the cribs. This also fits better with the parents preference for decor and their home. I hope they will be well received. Let me know what you think so far.

sewing the strips together for the girl snuggle blanket 
the last panel to go on.

sewing the edges together all around the blanket

the fabric that will be the centers for the girl burp cloths
and a rick rack edging

the three girl swaddling blankets

each is detailed with different edging

the pink details

the brown leaf print and detail stitch

The boy burp cloth fabrics

the boy swaddle blankets

also each with different detail stitching

the green and details

the brown print with detail stitching

Friday's Apron Strings Day:

Today I would like to share with you a brand new recipe that I tried out this week. I have been combing my recipe books for some fun new entrees so as not to have us so stuck in a rut. I found some great looking things and can't wait to try them as the week progresses. But the one that had me most skeptical as well as intrigued was a recipe for Sausage Crepes. I know it sounds interesting but strange at the same time. Of course this could just be me and y'all out there are thinking oh, sausage crepes, we have those every week. Well, if that is the case, then I have been missing out, because these were fantastic! & very easy! Two huge bonus' as far as I'm concerned. If however you are more like me and have never heard of such a thing, or at least never tried it, then please, please do!! You will not be sorry!

Without further ado, here is the recipe. Please let me know if you do try it and what you think of it.

Sausage Crepes

Adapted from The Texas Experience, a cookbook from the Richardson Women's Club. A recipe by Jean Zinser

3 Eggs beaten
1 C milk
1 T veg./cannola oil
1 C flour
1 T herbes de Provence
1/2 tsp salt

Combine eggs, milk and oil add flour herbes and salt. Beat until smooth. pour 1/4 C batter into greased 6 inch skillet swirl to coat bottom of pan. Cook on one side. Stack and cool slightly between paper towels.

Sausage Filling
1 pound plain pork sausage meat
1/4 C chopped yellow onion
1/2 C shredded Colby cheese
3 oz. cream cheese
1/2 tsp herbes de Provence
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of garlic powder

Brown sausage and onion and herbs in a greased pan (I used same as crepe pan once finished, no need to clean out). Add cheese and cream cheese.

Place 2 T filling along un-browned center of each crepe and roll up. Place in greased square glass baker. Chill until ready to bake. Can be wrapped well and frozen at this stage.

Cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
sour cream

When ready to bake pre-heat oven to 350 F. Mix together topping, equal parts of each, and spoon over crepes (please note here that I had enough crepes to fill 1 sq. pan and 1 half size rectangle pan, just based on what we would eat that night. The rectangle pan I froze for later use along with half the topping). Bake uncovered for @ 40 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

I hope you enjoyed today's double feature. See you again soon.
Have a lovely weekend

Warm wishes
      ~ Alicia

1 comment:

  1. Your blankets look absolutely beautiful! I love them! What a wonderful gift! They are going to be thrilled. So sweet that they were born on the same day as your husband. Sweet.

    Those sausage crepes sound magnificent. Wishing you the most wonderful weekend. Love, Becky


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